White Pitbulls: Genetics, Controversy, Pictures & Puppy Prices

. Is the white Pitbull a rare breed or is it just as common? Some breeders charge more to have a Pitbull with white hair. But why? White Pitbulls are born with a white coat and are often bred by breeders for this purpose. Make sure your puppy is a white pitbull and not a Dogo Argentino .

The American Pitbull Terrier has a wide range of coat colors . From silver, fawn, brindle or reverse brindle, red, or blue, he pretty much has a choice of the whole doggy rainbow spectrum. The most popular and beautiful color is brilliant white .

This guide will show you the snow king in all of his glory. His looks, his temperament and what makes him unique from other American Pitbull Terriers will all be examined. We will also take a closer view at the genetics behind his gorgeous jacket. We’ll also explain the differences between him and Pitbulls with albinism or leucism. You want to learn more? Let’s dive into the world beautiful white Pitbulls.

White Pitbulls

History

To understand what you can expect from a white Pitbull. In the 19th Century, the British favored dogfighting. For their fighting abilities and strength, they crossed Terriers and Bulldogs HTML1. These were Pitbull’s ancestors. Their humans took them to America to carry on the sport after it was banned.

The biggest and strongest dogs were bred to produce bigger dogs , which is what gave rise to the American Pitbull Terrier. His past history of dogfighting and rat-pitting has earned him an unfair reputation. He is now becoming more well-known and a family favourite. They are the same color as any other Pittie, and white Pitbulls were always around. They are rarer than other Pitbull colors.

White Pitbull Color Genetics Explained

The white Pitbull is more rare than a Pitbull that is pure black or pure brown. Why is that? It’s all to do with his genetics. Genetics can be a complex subject so we’ll try to simplify it for you so you don’t get bored. To understand his white color you will need to learn a little science lesson.

All animals, including the adorable Pibble, are born to two parents. Each parent contributes half of a gene to a specific characteristic. Together they form a whole gene. The makeup of each gene determines every aspect of his body, including his coat color. There are dominant and recessive genetics , and the dominant gene will always prevail over the recessive.

All Pitbulls are born with two base colors. They are determined by the locus A, also known as agouti genes. These two colors are red and black, but can be altered by other genes. All dogs have one of these colors. White-colored dogs have the ‘S’ gene.

There is a choice of four types for the ‘S-allele:

  • S – Solid color
  • si – Irish spotting
  • sp – Piebald spotting
  • sw – Extreme piebald spotting

The Pitbull is a carrier all four ‘S’ alleles. A white Pitbull can have either a red or black base. However, the ‘S” allele covers his entire coat with the color white . Other features such as his skin, nose and lips are the same as any Pitbull. They can also be black, brown, or blue. It is his color that allows you to distinguish between a Pitbull with albinism or leucism.

Albinism vs. Leucism

Understanding albinism or leucism is important when it comes to white Pitbulls. The beautiful white Pitbull you are looking at could be an albino Pittie and not a Pitbull. You need to be able to recognize the health issues associated with albinism.

Albinism is a rare genetic mutation , that affects all living creatures, including humans and plants. A Pitbull who is albino will have no pigmentation in their hair or skin. To be an albino Pitbull, both his parents must pass on the mutation. His body cannot produce melanin because he has two mutations.

Leucistic Pitbulls are somewhere in between true whites and albino Pitbulls. Because leucism is not well-known, many leucistic Pitbulls mistakenly think they are albino Pitbulls. Their fur is free of melanin, but their pigmentation is very low in all other aspects.

Albino Pitbulls are susceptible to many health issues , because melanin does more than control pigmentation. They are also less likely to survive without intense help because of these health concerns. There isn’t any significant relationship between leucism, other health issues, and leucism.

How can you tell if a Pitbull has albino or leucistic eyes? Their eyes will be very translucent or very blue because the Pitbull’s blood vessels are translucent. Leucistic Pitbulls will have deeper pink features and ever so slightly bluer eyes. , experts sometimes make mistakes so it is unlikely you can tell the difference without medical testing.

Appearance

The white Pitbull’s appearance is the same as any Pitbull. His nose, lips and other features will usually be dark brown or black. His eyes will be either blue or brown. This will depend on his genes from his parents.

A white Pitbull is an average-sized to large dog who is muscular, stocky and muscular. He will measure between 17 and 21 inches tall, and he will weigh between 50 and 65 pounds. His white coat, which is two-layered, is sleek and short. His jacket is extremely tight and requires very little grooming. His long, thin tail and wide, cheeky grin are a result of his long, thin tail.

Temperament

The white Pitbull, like all Pitbulls has a bad reputation. For those who have studied Pitbulls, they are among the sweetest dogs . The American Temperament Test Society (ATSS) tested all breeds of Pitbulls to put his reputation at ease. They tested nearly 1,000 Pitbulls, and almost 90% of Pitbulls passed the personality test. This score is much higher than other family favorites canines.

He is loving, sweet with his family , and loves nothing more then to spend every moment with them. He’s always up for adventure, snooze, or a game. He’s a lot of fun and great entertainment for the entire family. He is very eager to please his master and is highly trainable.

The white Pitbull is so friendly he makes an excellent guard dog ! He is a different animal than his unjust reputation. If he has been socialized as a puppy, he can be great with other dogs. He can be fearful and aggressive, but this is just as with any dog. Given his past ratting, he doesn’t like rodents or smaller animals.

Exercise and Training

The white Pitbull is a lively, energetic, and fun-loving animal. He needs at least 60 minutes of exercise every day, come rain or shine. He will enjoy whatever you do. This makes him an excellent exercise partner. He is intelligent and very active so it will be a great idea to mix up your exercise sessions.

He also needs plenty of stimulation throughout the day, be that solo play with indestructible toys, interactive games with his family, or training sessions with his master. He can be destructive and problematic if he doesn’t have an outlet. If you are unable to commit to your son’s exercise, don’t accept him as a client.

*He is loyal, eager and intelligent. He is also a very trainable dog that can quickly pick up commands. He will quickly become your favorite pet if you use the positive reward training technique. It is also important to socialize your white Pitbull with other dogs from a young age. Mixing him with other dogs regularly will help keep his polite pooch manners up. If you plan to have a walking or running partner, make sure that you train your Pitbull with a proper harness so you don’t run into any issues.

Health

The white Pitbull is nearly the same health-wise as other Pitbulls. He is a very healthy dog breed who will enjoy a lifespan of 12 to 16 years. Hip dysplasia is the most common condition. Skin conditions are also a concern. Although there is some evidence to support the idea that white dogs are more susceptible to hearing loss, it is not supported by solid research.

The white Pitbull is more susceptible to UV rays .. It is important to keep your Pitbull out of direct sunlight. Doggy sunscreen will be applied to areas that have less hair (e.g. his ears, muzzle, and mouth).

His overall health is an important factor in why you work closely with a reputable breeder . An albino Pitbull would not be sold by a reputable breeder as a puppy mill dog. Albino Pitbulls are at higher risk of many additional health concerns, such as skin conditions, eye conditions, deafness, cancer, and more.

Nutrition

A white Pitbull needs a high-quality kibble that will provide him with a well-balanced diet and keep his energy levels up throughout the day. Because he is an energetic dog, we would advise feeding him a kibble with at least 25% protein. To keep his gorgeous coat shiny and healthy, he should also eat a kibble that is high in omega fats. Every day, he will consume 2/3 cups of food .

Grooming

A white Pitbull needs minimal grooming. He will only require a brush once per week . During the shedding seasons, or if you have dark-colored decor, you may want to brush him twice a week to keep his shedding manageable.

Look to wash him once every 8 to 12 weeks to keep him smelling and looking fresh. Most Pitbulls have sensitive skin, so it’s a wise choice to invest in a gentle doggy shampoo. White dog owners may choose to use a whitening shampoo to maintain their dogs’ gleam. You can choose a high-quality, natural-based whitening shampoo if you decide to do so.

Breeders and Puppy Price

The white Pitbull is more rare than other Pitbulls so expect to pay more. The average price of a white Pitbull, from a reputable breeder, is between $1,000 and $3,000. Look for breeders who are able to show you the puppies and their parents in-person. A professional website and verified reviews from past customers are essential.

Avoid puppy mills. Not only are their pups less healthy, but they will also likely sell you an albino puppy disguised as a white .. They may also inbreed white Pitbulls to increase the likelihood of breeding unhealthy dogs. If you want healthy white Pitties, avoid puppy mills.

If you’re interested in a white Pitbull, it is important to meet the parents and puppies before making a financial commitment. You could also rescue one of the many Pitbulls in rescue centers all across the country. A great place to start is the Pitbull Rescue website.

Final Thoughts

Now you can tell the difference between true white Pitbull Pitbull and Pitbulls with albinism or leucism. It can be difficult to distinguish between these two conditions. However, it is easier to identify true white Pitbulls if you are able to identify what you are looking for. This white Pitbull crash course will give you all the information you need to go out hunting for true whites.

Avoid puppy mills and other breeders who don’t care about the dogs’ health. There is also the possibility of buying an albino puppy instead of a pure white Pitbull. We recommend sticking with a true white Pitbull . If you have an albino Pitbull, they can be just as sweet and loving. Please don’t breed them just for their puppies.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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